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Utah Governor Spencer Cox voiced his support for a federal ban on TikTok

Utah Governor Spencer Cox voiced his support for a federal ban on TikTok
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During a Monday appearance on Fox Business' Varney & Co, Utah Governor Spencer Cox voiced his support for a federal ban on TikTok. Although privacy concerns exist on nearly all social media sites, the governor stated that the issues surrounding TikTok are particularly alarming due to the company's relationship with the Chinese Communist Party. Calls for the U.S. government to rein in TikTok have been growing, with some lawmakers labeling it a national security threat. President Joe Biden's administration has indicated that it wants TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app or it could face a possible U.S. ban. However, a federal court previously ruled that former President Donald Trump did not have the authority to bar Google and Apple from selling TikTok on app stores. Cox previously issued an executive order prohibiting the use of TikTok on all state-owned electronic devices in December, citing cybersecurity concerns. In addition to the federal ban, a bill is making its way through the U.S. Senate that would allow the federal government to restrict technologies from China. While the idea of a ban is gaining approval among both parties, some lawmakers, such as New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have expressed reservations about it. Cox has been promoting two bills recently signed into law that will enforce significant changes to how teens in Utah interact with all forms of social media.